Going into Day 1 of the NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers held the #29 selection, only to trade down to #33 with the Cleveland Browns. This meant that they had the opportunity to make the first selection of Day 2, and Ted Thompson delivered. Over the next few hours, the Packers made three picks, all of them on the defensive side of the ball. Now, with Day 3 approaching (or possibly now underway), let’s take a look at the young men that are the newest members of the Packers.
Round 2, Pick #33: Kevin King, CB, Washington
I won’t go into too much detail on King, as we here at Cream City Central have already profiled him (link here: http://www.creamcitycentral.com/archive/everythingmke/draft-profiles-kevin-king/. King is a rare cornerback prospect, standing at 6’3” and 200 pounds, but that didn’t stop NFL.com’s Mike Mayock from calling King “today’s NFL corner.” Mayock added “his ability to press and his ability to find the football are even better… his best football is ahead of him.” He had a very good Combine, leading the position in the 3 cone drill, 20 yard shuttle and 60 yard shuttle while coming in second with a 39.5 inch vertical jump. This was a pick that many Packers fans expected going into Day 2, and Ted Thompson delivered.
Projected Role (Rookie Year): #2 or Nickel Corner
Potential: #1/#2 Corner
Round 2, Pick #61: Josh Jones, S, North Carolina State
For the second pick in a row, Thompson and the Packers elected to further shore up their defensive backfield by selecting Jones, a 6’1”, 220 pound safety out of N.C. State. Like King, he possesses solid size and also had a very good combine, ranking among the best safeties in the 40 yard dash (4.41), Bench press (20 reps), vertical jump (37.5 inches), and broad jump (132 inches). Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com says of Jones, “he’s another one that will hit you. He’s a real physical football player.” Jones had a great year for the Wolfpack in 2016, recording 109 tackles (four tackles for loss) along with three interceptions and eight pass breakups.
Strengths: Size/speed combo, hard hitter, loves to play aggressive
Weaknesses: Needs to work on tackling form, zone coverage fundamentals
Projected Role (Rookie Year): Primarily special teams, could see action in dime packages or on passing downs
Potential: Key special teams player, Morgan Burnett-type role (safety/linebacker)
Round 3, Pick #93: Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn
Third time was the charm for the Packers, as while they did pick defense once again, this pick was not a defensive back. This time, the green and gold went with Adams, who had himself quite the day on Friday. Not only was he drafted at #93 by the Packers, he also celebrated the birth of his son, Montravius Adams Jr. Adams had himself quite the year as a Tiger as well, with 43 tackles (8 for loss) along with 4 sacks and an interception in 2016. He also had 3 forced fumbles and fumble recoveries in his career at Auburn as well.
Strengths: Size (6’4”, 304 pounds), Explosive (4.87 40 at combine)
Weaknesses: Underachiever label, doesn’t disengage easily from blocks
Projected Role (Rookie Year): Special teams/spot DT
Potential: Hard to say, possible starter (whether in GB or elsewhere)
Well folks, Day 2 is behind us, but stay tuned for our recap of Day 3, which starts at 11 pm Central time on Saturday.